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I took this photo of Mammatus on a Good Friday before Easter in Ashland, Kentucky. The clouds first started rolling in and looked like fluffy white marshmallows. Then in front of the setting sun they dramatically began to change colors. They went from snow white to shades of silvers, pinks, grays, blues and even purples! The colors were quite striking and dramatic; these clouds were nothing like anything I had ever seen before! For a few minutes they turned very dark, and it was a sight I will never forget!! These amazing mammatus clouds lasted about 45 minutes before they exited my area.

We were under our second tornado watch of the year, and I found out later that I was standing right under the anvil of a severe thunderhead and that a tornado could have formed at any moment! Luckily for me it didn’t, and I was able to capture some phenomenal, amazing clouds. I can’t quite put it into words other than to say, “I closed my eyes for a few seconds and felt like I had been kissed on my cheek by an angel.” This was one time in my life that I will always remember!!!

This photograph of “GOOD FRIDAY MAMMATUS” has won National awards, been published in an International Anthology, and has been shown on National television. This image is also featured in several websites and blogs throughout the USA and Australia for educational purposes.

Van’s XTreme Photography
Photographer – Artist – Stormchaser
“The Cloud Lady”
Van Coleman
Photographer resides in the beautiful foothills of northeastern Kentucky.
Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious International award for her work, “Mammatus.”
Taking Photography to the XTreme!
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  • Jennifer Ellison
    Jennifer Ellisonover 6 years ago

    you’re profile says you are from ashland…is that ashland ks by any chance?
    i used to live in meade if so…

    this is a great shot
    i recall many times seeing this same formation but when ever i would try to explain it to people who were not from the area they never understood what i meant exactly

    great shot!
    keep up the excellent work!

  • Thank you CiasArt!! I am from Ashland, Kentucky and not Kansas, though we do have an area just outside the city called Meade.
    This was the first time in my life I ever saw mammatus change into these brilliant colors in front of a setting sun, and while under a tornado watch!! Now there are some Lenticular Mammatus that look similar to these, but even they are a lot more complex than these mammatus are. Thanks again for your wonderful comments!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Geir Floede
    Geir Floedeover 6 years ago

    What a magic and beautiful shot. Fantastic.

  • Wow!! My dear friend Geir, thank you so much for your wonderful comments!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • AlienVisitor
    AlienVisitorover 6 years ago

    Very alien,great capture.

    “May you create well and prosper”

    Alienvisitor’s Imagi – Nation


  • Thank you AlienVisitor!! These mammatus were quite striking!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanover 6 years ago

    WOW! This is an amazing image and capture!

  • Thanks so much Tom!! I just happened to be at the right place at the right time!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 6 years ago

    Incredible capture…..this is so dramatic and beautiful….I see faces.

  • Faces? Wow, I never knew there were faces in these clouds! I do have some cloud pictures that you would not believe! The faces in the other ones are as clear as day; I even called one of them “May I Introduce Myself?” When I get some more free time I will upload them for you to view:) Thanks again Joyce!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • claudiu
    claudiuover 6 years ago

    wow, spectacular!

  • Thank you so very much Claudiu for your fabulous comments!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 6 years ago

    Magnificent capture!

  • Thank you so much Marie!! I feel very blessed to have see these mammatus clouds!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • blambert
    blambertover 6 years ago

    Fantastic clouds…so much texture! I love it :)

  • Thank you Beth for your lovely comments!! These clouds did have a lot of texture, and I am really glad you like them!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • mausue
    mausueover 6 years ago

    What an experience and what an amazing image!

  • Thank you so much Mausue!! It was a wonderful experience, and in my wildest dreams I never thought I would see such amazing clouds!! Little did I know at the time, but I was standing right underneath the anvil of a severe thunderhead and a tornado could have dropped down anytime!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 6 years ago

    amazing shot!

  • Thanks Helene!! I got about 100 different shots during the 45 minutes these mammatus were putting on a show in the heavenlies!!

    – Van Coleman

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